Isaac Boss admits he will be "absolutely broken" if he fails to secure a place in Ireland's World Cup squad.
Boss won the last of his 13 caps as a replacement against Samoa last year, but it was as long ago as 2007 that he was regularly involved. Born in Tokoroa, New Zealand but qualifying for Ireland through a grandmother, this autumn's World Cup has sharpened Boss's determination to regain his place.
"It will make it special with the World Cup being held in New Zealand," the Leinster scrum-half said. "One of the matches is in Rotorua, which is half an hour away from where I grew up. Without a doubt I'd be absolutely broken if I didn't get there."
He added: "If I did get there then it would be a nice thing that it's back in New Zealand."
Judging on recent selection Boss appears an outside bet to fulfil his wish with Tomas O'Leary, Eoin Reddan and Peter Stringer ahead in the pecking order.
But with Ireland scheduling five warm-up matches for this month, starting against Scotland on Saturday, the 31-year-old should get a chance to stake his claim.
"I've been working hard over the last couple of seasons and moving from Ulster to Leinster has been good for me," he said.
"I'm lucky to be in the extended squad. If I get game time hopefully I can make every minute count.
"That's my only focus at the moment. All you can ask for is a chance. I knew that with my ability I'd be back in the Ireland squad at some point.
"I was given a couple of minutes last year against Samoa and I hope that's not the extent of it."
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